Event Title

Influence of the Latino Vote in Texas

Presenter Information

Micheal Kollman

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Owens

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Date of Publication

1-1-2021

Abstract

Over the past twenty years or so, the State of Texas has been slowly developing from a ruby-red state where Republicans win up and down the ballot to a near-swing state in the last couple of elections. Every election cycle there is now a lot of conjecture as to whether or not Texas will finally go blue at the national level and the reasons listed are seemingly endless. However, when boiled down, what factors are going on inside and outside the State of Texas that seem to be bringing a blue Texas to fruition? By looking through information and analyses of data such as voter polling data, immigration figures, turnout demographics, and/or population growth changes, among many factors considered, a pattern may emerge as to whether or not there is a specific driving factor that can be pointed to or a culmination of factors that have contributed to Texas once again becoming a purple state. By figuring out what exactly is going on with Texas' changing voter dynamic, important lessons can be gleaned from learning what is happening. Texas can serve as a guidepost to figuring out why other states may be shifting left as well, it may be useful to either party to take note of possible changes they need to make if they seek to keep winning elections or stem their losses, it would likely cause a huge electoral power shift to one party over the other, and many other consequences yet to be considered would likely follow.

Keywords

Texas, elections, voting

Persistent Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/10950/3065

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Influence of the Latino Vote in Texas

Over the past twenty years or so, the State of Texas has been slowly developing from a ruby-red state where Republicans win up and down the ballot to a near-swing state in the last couple of elections. Every election cycle there is now a lot of conjecture as to whether or not Texas will finally go blue at the national level and the reasons listed are seemingly endless. However, when boiled down, what factors are going on inside and outside the State of Texas that seem to be bringing a blue Texas to fruition? By looking through information and analyses of data such as voter polling data, immigration figures, turnout demographics, and/or population growth changes, among many factors considered, a pattern may emerge as to whether or not there is a specific driving factor that can be pointed to or a culmination of factors that have contributed to Texas once again becoming a purple state. By figuring out what exactly is going on with Texas' changing voter dynamic, important lessons can be gleaned from learning what is happening. Texas can serve as a guidepost to figuring out why other states may be shifting left as well, it may be useful to either party to take note of possible changes they need to make if they seek to keep winning elections or stem their losses, it would likely cause a huge electoral power shift to one party over the other, and many other consequences yet to be considered would likely follow.